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September President's Message

Sunday, September 6, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sheldon Nicolle
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Quick update on a couple things of interest....

Dear Member,

Happy Labor Day weekend, and happy Labour Day weekend to our friends and family north of the border. I hope you're all staying well and spending time with family and friends this weekend. As the summer is quickly coming to an end and folks are trapping, flying, or reclaiming this year's hunting partners I wanted to wish you all good luck for the upcoming season.

Below are a couple of quick updates and reminders.

On August 19, 2020 the USDA APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) announced that they would be holding “virtual listening sessions to receive public input on topics related to the development of regulations regarding the welfare of birds not bred for use in research” under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

Obviously, this development is of some concern to falconers and I have heard from members across the country. NAFA will be working very proactively to ensure that not only falconry, but also falconry-related uses of birds of prey, such as breeding, education and abatement, are not negatively impacted or affected by these new regulations. NAFA TAC Chairman Steve Hein and former NAFA president Larry Dickerson will be leading a subcommitte to coordinate and plan our response. Efforts are already well underway. Our basic approach will be to seek an exemption from these regulations from all activities that are currently regulated by the USFWS.

This is only the beginning of what will likely be a long process, but we need to be vigilant and proactive. I am very glad to have the support of Steve, Larry, and a team of very qualified committee members to lead and guide our response. If you want to get involved personally in the public “listening sessions” please remember that you are representing falconry. Emphasize the stringent qualifications and regulations that falconers already must adhere to but do so in a calm and respectful way.

For more information see:
Proposal to Expand Wild Take in Ontario

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in Ontario Canada has posted a falconry proposal for public comment on the Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO 019-1806). The proposal will expand the falconry wild take that was first introduced in 2011 by eliminating the draw for common species and adding a limited take of goshawks. This is very exciting news and is the culmination of a lot of work by the Ontario Hawking Club. Under the proposal every licensed falconer will be allowed to capture one bird per year.

Northern Goshawk was dropped from the initial wild take proposal and we all have an interest in making sure that does not happen again! You can support Ontario falconers by making a thoughtful, positive comment. If you have experience that can illustrate the importance of goshawks in traditional falconry or how falconers contribute to goshawk research and conservation, your comment would be especially helpful!

If  you do respond, please keep it positive. You can read and respond to the proposal here:

Welcome to the first online NAFA Raffle. 

In preparation for the 2020-2021 hawking season, that is quickly approaching, and to kick things off in a BIG way, NAFA reached to our friends at Marshall Radio and secured a GPS system to raffle off to one lucky very lucky NAFA member. 

Raffle tickets are $10.00 each, 6 for $50.00, or 15 for $100.00 and available for purchase via NAFA's Online Store Here: 

*Raffle tickets will be available online for purchase through Tuesday, September 15th.

The Marshall GPS System will be raffled live using Zoom and streamed on NAFA's Facebook page Wednesday, September 16th at 8pm CT.  Good luck!!!! 

You are invited to the first ever NAFA Director's Forum for NAFA members, a round-table discussion, online Zoom meeting, where you'll have a chance to ask questions, make suggestions, seek advice, let us know your thoughts, and learn more about your leadership team. 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

*After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Director's Forum Current Schedule:
Tuesday July 28 - Directors-at-Large Rob Rainey and Adam Chavez (8pm CT)
Tuesday August 4 - Mountain Director Roger Tucker (7pm MT)
Tuesday August 11 - North Pacific Director Tim Sell (7pm PT)
Tuesday August 25 - Central Director Robert Huber (8pm CT)
Tuesday September 1 - Southeastern Director Richard Shores (8pm ET)
Tuesday September 8 - Canadian Director Guy Rondeau (8pm CT)
Tuesday September 15 - South Pacific Director David Feliciano (7pm PT)
Tuesday September 22 - Northeastern Director Joe Kosakowski (8pm ET)
Tuesday September 29 - Great Lakes Director Rich Borquist (7pm CT)

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend, stay safe, and if you're like me, I hope you get out and practice some #ResponsibleRecreation!

Thanks for all your support!